Before I post my pictures from the rest of my trip to Greece, I have some great news to share! The US has FINALLY lifted its ban on travel in Egypt! Instead, there is only a warning that there may be times of sporadic unrest. In any case, this is a great change! Check out this email I received from Wes Clark, Director of North American Admissions and Financial Aid:
We are pleased to tell you that today the U.S. State Department reduced its guidelines for travel to Egypt from a warning to an alert, which is a significant difference.1 In its announcement, the State Department specifically acknowledged the “continuing improvements since the January 25 Revolution.” It stated further that “given that Egyptian security services have not yet fully redeployed, the Department alerts U.S. citizens planning to travel to Egypt to the possibility of sporadic unrest.” The U.S. Embassy in Cairo has resumed normal operations. The announcement can be read in its entirety on the U.S. State Department’s website. The link is http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_5443.html.
Now that the travel warning has been lifted, many of our partner schools can resume study abroad programs at The American University in Cairo. AUC continues to accept applications for the summer session and the fall semester. We look forward to welcoming students to AUC and Egypt for a front row seat to history in the making.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Director of North American Admissions and Financial Aid
P.S. AUC will be at NAFSA in Vancouver. Please let me know if you would like to meet
Unfortunately, I do not have the money to be able to travel in Egypt at this time. Also, I cannot attend a summer session at AUC as I have an internship at the Milwaukee Public Museum, starting June 20th. Therefore, it pains me to say this, but I will not be returning to Egypt on this trip. I will instead have to wait until at least the summer after I graduate to return 😦
I’m also thinking of attending AUC for graduate school, but we shall have to see. There are a lot of opportunities for me to possibly take advantage. I could apply to the Fullbright program (through the same office that the Gilman is offered) to study Arabic at AUC (probably over the summer), or to study Egyptology (which could be either just the fall semester or a full 9 months). Then, I would go to graduate school (ideally in London) transferring my AUC credits there. I also want to get a master’s in Museum Studies besides, which I kind of wish to do first, so that I could work at a museum while I continue to earn my PhD. Like I said, I have a lot of opportunities of which I could take advantage. I will just have to think and figure out which I wish to do first.